AITIMA continued monitoring the system of administrative detention of irregular immigrants and asylum seekers and offering free legal assistance to detainees through regular visits to detention areas in Attica and Korinthos.
Based on our findings we appealed to the competent authorities so that the rights of the detainees are observed and we also informed the Ombudsman and the UNHCR. 


The issues we raised were related to:
• Medical screening of detainees on admission to the Pre-removal Centres
• Use of administrative detention as a measure of last resort
• Access to the asylum procedure for detainees
• Unhindered processing of the detainees’ asylum applications during detention and after release.
• Protection of LGBT detainees as a particularly vulnerable group.

Migrant reception conditions are well below international standards, especially on the Aegean islands (...)The Commissioner urges the authorities to reconsider the geographical restriction which prevents migrants arriving in the islands from leaving.

Read about the report: https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/greece-should-safeguard-social-rights-for-all-and-improve-the-reception-and-integration-of-migrants?fbclid=IwAR17n1rGLyTB_C-VtSDsOrKga6gOfuFhAPaCgFBm5tJXqgTtnh5pFlk-R18 

Asylum seekers’ appeals pending for three years

Over 3.000 asylum seekers' appeals in Greece are pending for three years. Here is an article in Greek illustrating this issue. The article is based on AITIMA documentation.

Link to the article: http://www.efsyn.gr/arthro/xehasmenes-aitiseis-asyloy?fbclid=IwAR2xngD-IfcBIU-vxmRxEjPqhj0HrZm60CmbmnzJ6PAvqfNZDjsQB-9a-Lk

Access to the asylum procedure is still not ensured at the Greek mainland.

A group of Iranians who were demanding registration out of the Athens Asylum Office were arrested by the Police. AITIMA calls for unhindered access to asylum for all those wishing for it.

Link to the article: http://www.efsyn.gr/arthro/zitisan-prosvasi-sto-asylo-kai-vrethikan-stin-amygdaleza?fbclid=IwAR3FZsqXvdj729yPfOQ1kV65eZcy9e2Kpgl9fDXKXiXFnzIFesw2OiuNDTE

On 29 August we start weekly provision of free legal assistance to asylum seekers at the premises of the Afghan Community.

 

Today we visited the Secretary General for Human Rights, Ms Maria Yannakaki, who had accepted our request for a meeting.
During the meeting we raised issues concerning the asylum procedure, the protection of unaccompanied minors and administrative detention.